Yes, I'm already using Storyline Online, Toon Books Reader (check that one out if you don't know about it) and Epic - another really great option that works best on ipads for us.

I just wanted to see about purchasing specific collections and/or titles similar to (or exactly like) audible.

Rochelle


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On Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Melissa Bushey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Consider the free resource http://www.storylineonline.net/   or a paid subscription to Bookflix from Grolier for younger elementary students.

On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 2:39 PM, Rochelle Garfinkel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Is anyone using Tales2Go at the Elementary level? Seems like a more affordable option than TumbleBooks - and we don't have a town library through which to access ListenUp VT.



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Librarian & Educational Technologist

Marlboro School
PO Box D
2669 Rte 9
Marlboro, VT 05344


On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM, Linda McSweeney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yes, yes Lianne, thanks for adding!  Bookshare uses the Daisy format like Learning Ally.  Also requires a diagnosed disability.

And of course I should have mentioned text readers like Read Write Gold (which integrates with Google Apps), then you just need an ebook that can be read out loud.


On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 6:20 AM, Lianne Petrocelli <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Great summary Linda. One other option is Bookshare for students with learning disabilities which is free. Here is a post I wrote about free and paid audiobook resources:



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CESU Assistive Technology Consultant 


On Oct 23, 2015, at 12:37 AM, Linda McSweeney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Diane, et al.,

Weighing in on audio books for schools... it's a bit like Vermont weather...'if you don't like it wait ten minutes.'  Both audiobook and ebook content is constantly evolving and controlled by publishers, but depending on what kind of content--fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, there are options.  

Playaways are becoming old technology--although most school libraries have them in their collections-- and are being replaced by downloadable content.  The biggest vendors right now are Overdrive, Audible, Ebsco, and Follett.  The plus side is that content is hosted in the cloud and the vendors all have built in digital rights management with check in/out.  The minus is that audio book vendors are at the mercy of publishers who control content and lease it to schools (you cancel your subscription and you lose the content, or lease is limited to a year or two, and then you are required to purchase the book again).

For students with reading disabilities (visual impairment, dyslexia,etc.) there is Learning Ally for textbooks and BARD from the Library of Congress

Another great option for audio reading materials (not books) that is sometimes overlooked is Vermont Online Library.  All of their content is accessible through a text reader, although not 'performed' by humans, the digital voice is decent. 

Hope this helps!

Linda McSweeney



On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 9:20 AM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Has anyone had experience with "Playaways"?

What are other schools doing for making audio books available to students/staff?

Any input is greatly appreciated!

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